Robert H. “Bob” Jones, 78, Richmond, formerly of Glenwood and Minneapolis
March 16, 1939 - June 15, 2017
A Memorial Service will begin at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN for Robert H. “Bob” Jones, age 78, who died June 15, 2017 at home after a long battle with cancer. Inurnment will be in the Glenwood Cemetery in Pope County, MN at a later date.
A gathering of relatives and friends will be from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.
Bob was born March 16, 1939 in Starbuck, Minnesota to Henry and Tiny (Tornquist) Jones of Glenwood, Minnesota. He was baptized and Confirmed at the Glenwood Lutheran Church. He graduate from Glenwood High School in 1957. While in Junior High School he worked at the Glenwood Bowling Alley setting pins for the men’s and women’s leagues. In High School he worked summers at the Pope County Highway Department and Soo Line Railroad. After graduation he worked for Walt Zempke’s Sinclair Oil Company in Glenwood, delivering fuel oil to residents, businesses, and gas to farms. In 1959 Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas for basic training, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for administrative school, and “The Presido of San Francisco” for his first duty assignment. In February of 1960 Bob received overseas orders to work at the U.S. Army Europe Headquarters in Heidelburg, West Germany in the communications division. He was a member of the Heidelburg Rod, Bow, and Gun Club and made the archery team. Traveling throughout Germany, France and Great Britain and competing against Army and Air Force teams. Upon completing his service he returned to the States and enrolled at the Northwest School of Drafting in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Upon Graduation, Bob worked for Autocon Industries in St. Paul, Minnesota. The company specialized in water and waste water treatment plants. The division was later sold to Control Data Corporation in Plymouth, Minnesota. The division was sold in 1993 to Siemens Corporation in Brooklynn Park, Minnesota, an electric utilities company. Bob later worked for Commercial Intertech in New Hope, MN, a company that manufactured tilt/trim units for mercury outboard motors, hydraulic pumps for farm machinery and other machinery requiring hydraulic pumps. Bob also worked for McKesson in Maple Grove, Minnesota, a medical supply company.
Upon his retirement in 2001 and selling their home in Crystal, Minnesota, he, and his wife Karen moved to their cabin on Horseshoe Lake in Richmond, Minnesota. In 2003, they built their retirement home and spent the next few years landscaping and finishing off the lower level of their home. During this time Karen worked at the St. Cloud Hospital until her retirement in 2008.
Bob loved classic country music and watched Bill Anderson’s “Looking Back” every Friday night on RFD TV. Bill featured the semi-retired country singers like The Oak Ridge Boys, The Statler Brothers, Larry Gatlin and his Bothers, Roy Clark and many more. Bill devoted most of the programs to old country ballads and gospel music. Bob also loved to hunt deer, pheasants and grouse in his younger years and ducks from age 8 to his late 70’s. He liked fishing, but was spoiled growing up fishing on Lake Minnewaska when walleye were plentiful, so fishing wasn’t important in later years. Bob was a member of the Glenwood JC’s, and the Glenwood Field Archers, who under the direction of Nort Schenstad maintained a 28 target field range northwest of town. They shot competition in the West Central League with Fergus Falls, Alexandria, Willmar, Monticello, and Benson. They also had an open tournament to all archers in the state, which attracted some of the best archers in Minnesota.
Bob became an avid Golden Gopher fan when his next door neighbor, Bud Hauskin, played football for the Gophers from 1945 until 1949, and at the time became a Golden Gopher fan for all of their men’s and women’s sports teams.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Karen; children, Tana (Jeff) Robasse of Delano, MN, Kimberly (Jerry) Lambert of Georgia, Brian Jones (Tasha) of Watkins, MN; step-daughters Lori (Gary) Roubinek of Crosby, MN, Lisa (Gordon) Hendrickson of Bloomington, MN; grandchildren Christine Thomas, Justin Jones and Lexie, Gavin Thomas and Kelsey, Jackie (Nick) Rademacher, Rebecca Lambert, Vivian Lambert, Gunnar Jones; great-grandchildren Aiden and Audrey Thomas, Liam and Haythem Rademacher, Isabella Jones
He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant sister, Cory Ilene.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the charity of your choice.